Disability Research News

CDC Data Indicate US Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Is Hitting Older Adults, People With Underlying Health Issues Hard

Post date: 04/16/2020

U.S. News & World Report (4/9, Galvin) reports new CDC data confirm “that older adults and those with underlying health issues have been hit hard by the novel coronavirus in the U.S.” The hospitalization rate among patients with COVID-19 “was 2.5 among people 18 to 49 years old, for example, compared with 7.4 among those 50 to 64 and 13.8 among those 65 and older, the preliminary data” indicate. Of about “180 hospitalized adults with data available over most of March, roughly 90% had one or more underlying health issues.”

Children With Disabilities Adversely Affected By School Shutdown Amid Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Post date: 04/16/2020

State Assisted Services For People With Disabilities Shut Down Amid Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Post date: 04/16/2020

The Los Angeles Times (4/5, Morain, Chabria) reports, “Before the coronavirus outbreak struck,” consumers “with intellectual and developmental disabilities received state assistance through a network of 21 regional centers that funded programs providing home health aides and other services.

Medicare Spending Falls When Hospitals Partner With Local Agencies For Older Adults, Study Indicates

Post date: 04/16/2020

Modern Healthcare (4/6, Castellucci, Subscription Publication) reports that “when mental health providers and hospitals partner with local agencies focused on helping older adults stay independent, Medicare spending decreases and nursing home use falls, according to a new study in Health Affairs.” The study findings indicate that “when an Area Agency on Aging established a partnership with a hospital, the counties covered by the agency saw an average yearly reduction in Medicare spending per beneficiary of $135.50.” Moreover, “when an Area Agency on Aging created a formal contractual...

Caregivers Of Adult Children With Disabilities May Be Eligible For Paid Leave Under COVID-19 Relief Law

Post date: 04/16/2020

Social Distancing Can Test If Technology Could Solve the Loneliness Epidemic

Post date: 04/16/2020

As the coronavirus spreads exponentially across the United States, widespread social distancing is thought to be our best weapon against rampant transmission. Minimizing human contact can slow the rate of spread — flattening the curve — and avoid a surge of sick patients that would strain our health care system to a point where it cannot effectively care for them... The conundrum is that these mandates — prudent and necessary as they are — are overlaid against the backdrop of an epidemic of loneliness in the U.S.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Physical Access and Transportation

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Research on Healthcare Policy and Disability

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP), funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities,...

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Health and Function of People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

The purpose of the RRTCs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit people with disabilities, family members, rehabilitation service providers, policymakers and other research stakeholders.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Policy Department of Health and Human Services

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

The purpose of the RRTCs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR.These activities are designed to benefit people with disabilities, family members, rehabilitation service providers, policymakers and other research stakeholders.

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Chronic Disease Management for People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

The purpose of NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe...

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Technology for Expressive Communication

Post date: 03/25/2020
funding announcement

New Funding Opportunity for Research on Technology for Expressive Communication

Post date: 03/23/2020
funding announcement

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL has opened a new funding opportunity for the ...

Ed Department Offers More Special Education Guidance Amid COVID-19

Post date: 03/23/2020

As schools across the nation shutter in response to coronavirus, federal officials are giving educators additional insight on how to handle the needs of students with disabilities.

Mobile Rehabilitation Shows Promise, but Therapists May Benefit from Training and Support

Post date: 03/23/2020

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWell RERC) analyzed 505 responses to a survey of rehabilitation providers. The respondents included physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists, mental health counselors, physicians, and other professionals serving patients with a variety of disabilities.

Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities

Post date: 03/23/2020

Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

Post date: 03/23/2020

U.S.

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

Post date: 03/23/2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has issued interim guidance to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K–12 schools plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.

CDC to Award Over $560 Million to State & Local Jurisdictions in Support of COVID-19 Response

Post date: 03/23/2020
funding announcement

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing another upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Coordinated Interdisciplinary Pain Care for Home-Bound Veterans

Post date: 03/23/2020

VA Geriatric Scholar Dr. Lief Noll–and colleagues from the Cincinnati VA Medical Center–have launched a network of shared practices for VA pain clinics to help rural home-bound Veterans, improving their satisfaction and quality of life.

Study Reports on Satisfaction with Upper-limb Prostheses

Post date: 03/23/2020

A recent study found similar levels of satisfaction among Veteran users of upper-limb prostheses regardless of which type of device they use.

The results appeared online in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International in January 2020.

Disability Employment: 2019 Legislative Enactments

Post date: 03/23/2020

Lawmakers enacting legislation affecting employment opportunities for people with disabilities had a busy year in 2019.

New Algorithms Improve Prosthetics For Upper Limb Amputees

Post date: 03/23/2020

NSF-funded researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Maryam Zahabi, are studying machine learning algorithms and computational models to provide insight into the mental demand placed on individuals using prosthetics. These models will improve the current interface in these prosthetic devices.

NIH-Funded Effort May Help People with Intellectual Disability Participate in Clinical Studies

Post date: 03/23/2020

Machine Learning Identifies Personalized Brain Networks in Children

Post date: 03/23/2020

Machine learning is helping Penn Medicine researchers identify the size and shape of brain networks in individual children, which may be useful for understanding psychiatric disorders.